#1 Katie Laing
AS A SENIOR (2008): Arguably one of the bestmiddle infielders in Irish history … team co-captain… winner of Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph CountyValley Rockne Student-Athlete Award … her 159assists in 2008 set the program[apos]s single-season record… she is first all-time in career assists with 483 … her55 doubles ranks first all-time as well … 10th all-timewith 16 home runs … sixth in the books with 133RBI … first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V honoree … one of six Notre Dame student-athletesthat earned the Byron V. Kanaley Award, themost prestigious honor presented to an Irish student-athlete… earned the first BIG EAST ConferenceSoftball player of the week honor for the 2008 season(Feb. 18) … goes down in Irish history as the firstplayer to record a hit and drive in a run at MelissaCook Stadium, doing so against Villanova (April 13)… recorded a team-best batting average (.429), sluggingpercentage (.714), on-base percentage (.500) andRBI total (4) over the four-game stretch at theKajikawa Classic (Feb. 15-17) … totaled 10 bases atthe tournament and had multi-hit performances in a6-5 loss to Western Kentucky (Feb. 16) and a 4-3 winover California (Feb. 17) in front of her hometowncrowd … against the Golden Bears, she recorded atwo-run homer to put Notre Dame on the boardearly in the contest, and then knocked a walk-offdouble to drive in the game-winning run in the bottomof the seventh inning … two doubles highlightedher 3-for-4 day at the plate and gave her the program[apos]sall-time career record by bringing her twobaggertotal to 50 during Notre Dame[apos]s win at UCRiverside (March 4) … her record-setting double inthe fifth inning traveled to left-center to score BethNorthway … Laing also led the team with three RBIagainst the Aggies … had two triples, two doubles andseven RBI at the Lowcountry Collegiate SoftballInvitational (March 14-15), including four RBIagainst Charleston Southern on the tournament[apos]sopening day … part of the league[apos]s weekly honor rollafter finishing a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish againstWestern Michigan (March 18) and was the loneplayer on either team to record more than one hit inthe game … she singled in her first at-bat then belteda solo homer to deep centerfield during her secondplate appearance … copped the conference[apos]s player ofthe week award on April 17, the same week BrittneyBargar was tagged the league[apos]s top pitcher… it was theonly time during the season that two teammatesswept the awards … she earned the honor for the secondtime with an explosive offensive output thathelped Notre Dame improve to 22-10 overall and 5-1 in BIG EAST play … went 10-for-19 with 13 RBI,five runs, four home runs and one double for a .526batting average and a 1.211 slugging percentage fromApril 2-6 … also snagged two stolen bases … she hadfour multi-hit and multi-RBI games on the week,including two homers and two RBI in a 12-1 win atSeton Hall (April 6) … she was a perfect 3-for-3 fromthe plate in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-1 victory over Toledo(April 2), slamming one home run and one double fortwo RBI and a run scored … as of April 10, 19 of her39 hits had gone for extra-bases … her 10 doubles,three triples, and six homers steered her towards a.676 slugging percentage … at the time the markranked as the highest single-season average in schoolhistory, standing on top of Melanie Alkire[apos]s .665 markset in 2000 … heading into the home conferenceopener (April 9) she had racked up 39 RBI on 39 hits… closed out her home career with a hit and two runsscored against Connecticut (April 27) … helped NotreDame post a 53-14-1 (.788) home record in her fourseasons … the 11-3-1 home record in 2008, aided bya sweep over UConn, secured the 19th overall – and16th consecutive – season the Irish have won at least10 home games in a season … seven games afterAshley Ellis belted the first Irish grand slam of theseason, Laing added the second slam with a seventhinningpoke down the rightfield line at Syracuse (May4) … had 50 hits and 50 RBI in her final season …hit .263 and scored 31 runs … totaled 11 doubles,three triples and seven home runs … boasted a .463slugging percentage … stole five bases.
AS A JUNIOR (2007): One of three team captains… moved back to natural shortstop position … secondteam all-BIG EAST selection … had a pair of fourgamehit streaks and a season-best five-gamer fromApril 17-April 21 … third on the team with 43 hits… second with 11 doubles and 26 RBI … had 60total bases with a .375 slugging percentage … helpedglove nine double-plays … swiped six stolen bases …11 multi-hit contests … finished the season with apair of sacrifice flies and six sacrifice bunts … went1-for-3 with a run scored and walk in the seasonopener against Auburn (Feb. 16) … 1-for-2 with twoRBI and a run scored against No. 9 Oklahoma (Feb.23) … 1-for-3 against No. 17 California (Feb. 23) …2-for-4 with an RBI against UNLV (Feb. 24) … herRBI-single in the eighth inning plated the game-winningrun against the Runnin[apos] Rebels … tallied anRBI, scored a run, and stole a base againstJacksonville (March 2) … scored a run and stole abase against Virginia (March 3) … drove in the gamewinningrun with a double against Eastern Kentucky(March 11) … had a 2-for-3 afternoon with two runsscored as the leadoff batter against Fresno State at theJudi Garman Classic (March 16) …walked and scoreda run against No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette (March 16)… hit a double and drove in the winning run againstIUPUI (March 22) … finished 2-for-5 with a double,two RBI – including the game-winner – and scoredonce during a March 24 doubleheader against St.John[apos]s … 3-for-6 with two runs scored, one stolenbase and two RBI in the twinbill with Seton Hall(March 25) … had a single and scored the game-tyingrun against Toledo (March 29) … the Irish would goon to win the contest by a 4-1 margin … had two hits,crossed the plate and accounted for an RBI when theIrish took two games from Pittsburgh (March 31) …4-for-7 with two runs scored, an RBI and a doubleover a two-game sweep versus Syracuse (April 1) …in the opening game of the doubleheader with theOrange, she notched the first of her two three-hitgames on the season … drove in the game-winningrun in the first of two games against Providence(April 14) with a double … also scored a run againstthe Friars … went 4-for-6 with four runs scored, adouble, a home run and four RBI in helping NotreDame sweep Western Michigan (April 17) … had a 3-for-4 game with three RBI and three runs scored inthe first game against the Broncos … left the field 1-for-3 after driving in the game-winner against BallState (April 18) … doubled, drove in a run and scoredonce against Valparaiso (April 19) … wrapped up thestat line with a 3-for-7 performance across a twogamestretch with an RBI and stolen base againstSouth Florida (April 22) … 1-for 2 with a home run,two RBI, two runs scored and two walks againstLoyola (May 1) … had three hits in the doubleheadersweep of Rutgers (May 5) … collected two hits, twoRBI and two walks in the two games againstVillanova (May 6) … had two hits and a doubleagainst No. 25 Illinois State (May 18) in the NCAATournament, then scored twice after knocking twohits one day later against Wright State (May 19).
AS A SOPHOMORE (2006): A second-team all-BIG EAST performer … started all 63 games for theIrish … third on team in sacrifice bunts (8) and stolenbases (8) … had a team-high 205 at-bats … on openingday, finished 2-for-2 with a run scored and onestolen base against BYU (Feb. 17) … ended up 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double against UNLV (Feb.18) … crushed her first home run of the seasonagainst Cal State Fullerton (Feb. 19) … also went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Florida International (Feb.24) … 2-for-3 with a double against No. 10 ArizonaState (March 16) … finished 1-for-3 with a two-runhome run against No. 4 Texas (March 18) at the JudiGarman Classic … 2-for-3 with a double, triple andthree RBI in game one of an April 1 doubleheaderwith Connecticut … the Irish would go on to blankUConn, 9-0 … drove in three runs and finished 2-for-3 in game two vs. Providence (April 2) … 3-for-5 with a run scored in the doubleheader vs. EasternMichigan (April 4) … 2-for-5 in game two atSyracuse (April 8), including two doubles and oneRBI … doubled to lead off the top of the 10th inningagainst the Orange then scored the game-winningrun on teammate Carissa Jaquish[apos]s home run … finished2-for-5 with a run scored in game two atPittsburgh (April 9) … 2-for-3 with a two RBI, atriple and a double vs. Ball State (April 11) in NotreDame[apos]s 6-0 win … chipped in two hits and an RBIin a doubleheader sweep of DePaul (April 13) … 1-for-3 with a double and RBI against Toledo (April19) … moved to the top of the lineup to sub for leadoffhitter Stephanie Brown in an April 23 date withRutgers, and ended up 3-for-3 in game two againstthe Scarlet Knights with two doubles and two runsscored … doubled in both of her first two at-batsagainst Valparaiso (April 27), driving in three runsand finishing the game 2-for-4 … 3-for-4 with threesingles and a run scored in game one at SouthFlorida (April 29) … 2-for-4 with an RBI single anda run scored in game two against the Bulls … 1-for-4 with an RBI single in game two at No. 21Louisville (May 1) … finished 2-for-3 with two runsscored and an RBI double vs. Loyola (May 2) …cranked a three-run home run in the first inning ofgame one at Seton Hall (May 6), highlighting a 2-for-4 effort in the 4-3 Irish victory … 2-for-3 with anRBI-double against Pittsburgh (May 14) in the BIGEAST Tournament … 2-for-4 with an RBI and tworuns scored against Southern Illinois (May 20) in theNCAA Tournament … had a pair of hits, two RBIand a run scored in the NCAA Tournament seasonfinale against No. 11Northwestern (May21).
AS A FRESHMAN(2005):Started 59 of 61games for the Irish …began the year as thestarting shortstop, buteventually developedinto the team[apos]s topglove at second base… earned first-teamall-BIG EAST honorsafter torching conferencepitchers for 15RBI, three homersand a .333 battingaverage … her overallnumbers also earnedher NFCA All-Mideast Region secondteam accolades… tied current Irishassistant coach LizzyLemire[apos]s NotreDame record fordoubles in a seasonwith 17 … 2-for-2with a double and run scored in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-1loss to Seton Hall (May 14) in the BIG EASTTournament … 2-for-3 with two runs scored in gametwo of a May 1 doubleheader versus Syracuse … 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double in the first of twogames with St. John[apos]s (April 22) … drove in MeganRuthrauff with an RBI-double in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-1extra-inning victory in game one at DePaul (April 19)… her third consecutive game-winning hit came in theeighth inning of game two with UConn (April 17),driving in Megan Ciolli with a double to center field… ended 2-for-2 with two doubles, an RBI and runscored against the Huskies in the nightcap … beforethat contest, she posted another game-winning hitwith a solo home run to lead off the second inning ingame one at Connecticut, keying Notre Dame[apos]s 2-0victory … hit the game-winning double in the top ofthe seventh at Providence (April 16) to completeNotre Dame[apos]s come-from-behind victory … 2-for-3with a double and two RBI in game two at Pittsburgh(April 9) … launched her second home run of the yearin game one at Pittsburgh, wrapping up the contest 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a sacrifice fly …hit her first career home run, which would prove tobe the game-winner, in the second inning of gametwo at Villanova (April 4) in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-0 win …went 2-for-3 and crossed the plate twice in the doubleheaderopener against the Wildcats … kick-startedNotre Dame[apos]s eleventh-inning rally against WesternMichigan with a one-out single, eventually scoring thetying run … Notre Dame would win, 2-1 … 2-for-3with an RBI, two runs scored and a double vs.Oakland (March 20) … 2-for-3 with a run scored vs.Marshall (April 19) … 2-for-4 with a run scored andone RBI vs. Nevada (April 11) … 2-for-3 with a runscored and one stolen base at Hawaii (April 9) tospurt the Irish to a 9-1 win in only five innings … 1-for-2 with a sacrifice, RBI and run scored vs.Campbell (March 9) to open the Hawaii Spring Fling… 2-for-2 with two doubles and two runs scored in a4-2 victory over No. 19 Florida (Feb. 13) … tallied herfirst career hit – a double – against Coastal Carolina(Feb. 12), and would later score in Notre Dame[apos]s 2-0win.
THE LAING FILE: Four-year letterwinner atCorona del Sol (Tempe,Ariz.) … helped the team winthe Central Region Championship on three straightoccasions (2002-04) while claiming theMarcos/McClintock Tournament championship fourconsecutive times … won the Class 5A state championshipin 2003 as a teammate of former Irish standoutStephanie Brown … named Corona del Sol[apos]s MostValuable Offensive Player and Most InspirationalPlayer in 2004 … earned Arizona Republic all-Arizona second-team accolades as a senior … namedto the 5A first-team infield by the Arizona Tribune …nominee for the Corona del Sol Student-Athlete ofthe Year in 2004 … a nominee for the Wendy[apos]s HighSchool Heisman in 2003 … member of the CaliforniaWorth Firecrackers Gold ASA team, which finishedthird at the 2003 National Tournament … also playedjunior varsity and freshmen volleyball … highly activein extracurricular activities and community service …member of the National Honor Society, SpanishHonor Society and the Key Club … daughter ofBarbara and Greg Laing … oldest of two children …has a younger sister,Taylor … born March 21, 1986,in Phoenix, Ariz. … member of Notre Dame[apos]sAcademic Honors Program for Student Athletes …graduated from the Mendoza College of Business andthe College of Arts & Letters with a pair of degreesin marketing and psychology.
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